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About the Valley

Welcome to the November 2008 issue of About the Valley. This issue highlights the holiday season.



PINE CONE LODGE IS READY FOR CHRISTMAS!

We spent the day at Pine Cone Lodge recently and added some beautiful decorations! You are sure to have the Christmas spirit when you stay with us at Pine Cone Lodge. Here are some pictures of the lodge:pinecone lodge   pinecone lodge   pinecone lodge

We still have some open days in December. Make plans to visit us and enjoy the shopping and holiday festivities in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and surrounding areas. To reserve Pine Cone Lodge, you can call Timbercreek Cabin Rentals at (800) 837-7022 or visit the Pine Cone Lodge page on their website at www.timbercreekcabins.com/cabins/pineconelodge.php.

 

GATLINBURG IS WINTER MAGIC

Gatlinburg has plenty to enjoy this holiday season. Enjoy the 33rd Annual "Fantasy of Lights" Christmas Parade on December 5. This parade is recognized as one of the Top Twenty Events in the South by the Southeast Tourism Society. The parade will feature lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units, and giant helium balloons. The parade begins at 7:30 p.m. at Traffic Light #1A and continues through downtown Gatlinburg to Traffic Light #10.

You won't want to miss Christmas On Ice, December 6 and 7 at Ober Gatlinburg's ice arena. Local skaters display their talents on ice to a wide variety of holiday music. Visit www.obergatlinburg.com for more information.

On Friday and Saturday evenings from December 1-20, enjoy the Winter Magic Tunes & Tales along the Parkway. You can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling and holiday entertainment.

For more information on these and more Winter Magic Events, visit www.gatlinburgwintermagic.com/winter_event_schedule.html.


HEARTY ZUCCHINI SOUP
This is a great recipe for cold winter days!

1 pound ground beef or hot Italian sausage

2 celery ribs, thinly sliced

1/3 cup chopped onion

1 chopped bell pepper

1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

5 medium zucchini, cubed or sliced

4 cups water

1 Italian salad dressing envelop

1 teaspoon salt

4 teaspoons beef bouillon granules

½ teaspoon sugar

Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

In a large soup pot, cook meat, celery, onion, and bell pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and veggies are tender. Drain if needed. Stir in the tomatoes, zucchini, water, Italian seasoning, salt, bouillon, and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING A TRIP TO THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS, PLEASE CONSIDER STAYING AT PINE CONE LODGE. THE COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE OF A CHESTNUT RIDGE CABIN MAKE YOUR VACATION MORE FUN! CHECK AVAILABILITY AND RESERVE YOUR DATES EARLY -- MANY RESERVATIONS ARE MADE WEEKS AHEAD.

If you are interested in owning a vacation home or rental home in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, we are offering Pine Cone Lodge for sale. For purchase information, contact Timbercreek Realty & Cabin Rentals, 3121 Wears Valley Road, Sevierville, TN 37862, 1-800-837-7022, or visit www.timbercreekcabins.com. For a brochure describing Pine Cone Lodge, e-mail us at chestnut_ridge_cabins@comcast.net for more i! nformation.

Thanks for subscribing to About the Valley. We look forward to bringing you more news next month. As always, if you have any questions or comments or want to share your favorite place to visit in the Smoky Mountains, e-mail us at chestnut_ridge_cabins@comcast.net.

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